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There was a time when the hot hatch was a simpler affair; you had your standard hatchback models, then a hot range-topping version. These days, that’s not enough, because the Volkswagen Golf has its iconic hot GTI as well as this even more potent Golf R range topper.
The R variant adds four-wheel drive for better traction and boosts power from VW's 2.0 TSI petrol engine to 306bhp, which VW claims can deliver a 0-62mph time of just 4.6sec. And, of course, there's still all the usual creature comforts you'd associate with a Golf.
The Golf R goes up against BMW’s rear-wheel-drive M140i and Audi’s four-wheel-drive S3, as well as more aggressive-looking hot hatches such as the excellent Honda Civic Type R and Ford Focus RS.
But is the Golf R a good hot hatchback? That's what we'll tell you as you click through this review. And we can even assist you in finding a great deal via the What Car? New Car Buyer page.
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